Newseum in Washington, D.C.

555 Pennsylvania Ave.,Washington, DC 20001
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Overview

Focusing on the five freedoms of the First Amendment and free expression, the Newseum is considered one of the most interactive museums in the world. Covering everything from the birth of the radio to the Berlin Wall, this Washington DC museum is educational, intriguing, and bold. With 7 levels of hands-on, engaging exhibits, 15 galleries, and 15 theaters, the Newseum is a DC “must see.”

Good To Know

from Ashley, one of our Washington Travel Experts
  • This museum focuses on freedom of expression and the 5 freedoms of the First Amendment (religion, speech, press, assembly, and petition.)
  • Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.
  • Located between the U.S. Capitol and the White House on historic Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Parking is available onsite at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. Hourly rates apply.

Description

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The Newseum, headquartered in Washington, D.C., promotes, explains and defends free expression and the five freedoms of the First Amendment: religion, speech, press, assembly and petition.

Since opening in 2008, more than 7 million have visited its modern building located on historic Pennsylvania Avenue between the United States Capitol and the White House. The Newseum’s seven levels of interactive exhibits include 15 galleries and 15 theaters. Among the most memorable exhibits are the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, featuring the broadcast antennae from the top of the World Trade Center; the Berlin Wall Gallery, whose eight concrete sections are one of the largest pieces of the original wall outside Germany; and the Pulitzer Prize Photographs Gallery, which features photographs from every Pulitzer Prize-winning entry dating back to 1942.

Considered one of the most interactive museums in the world, the Newseum experience also traces the evolution of electronic communication from the birth of radio, to the technologies of the present and the future.

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Rocmomvball
Rochester, New York
"Family visit while in town for volleyball tournament"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
Had a great visit to the Newseum with out teenage daughter. Great exhibits, very interesting displays. Pieces of the Berlin Wall and accompanying exhibit were very cool. The 1st Amendment exhibit was informative and so important!The Pulitzer photos were amazing. The 9/11 area was impactful and the video is a must see, the tissues outside were appreciated. Loved the late night comedy news area! Must see museum- hope it finds a new home so it continues to be available.
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139rst
Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Fun and Fascinating"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 20, 2019 NEW
Plan a day around this museum, there is so much to see! My teen girls and I enjoyed this tremendously but did not have enough time to look at everything. It is quite pricey (especially compared to the many free museums in town) so try to make the most of it.
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aditijetly
Mumbai, India
"Unconventional and Interesting!"
TripAdvisor user rating 5 out of 5
Reviewed February 18, 2019 NEW
great concept, a must do in DC. specially loved the Pulitzer Prize photography and the Berlin Wall exhibits! not the regular experience one associates with an art or history museum! need at least 2.5 hours to cover most of it
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clairemC5031KQ
Charlottesville, Virginia
"A Fun Museum"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 17, 2019 NEW
We were looking for a museum to go to during the recent government shut down, so we ended up at the Newseum. There is lots to see. We loved the Pulitzer Prize photographs, some iconic images that are hard to forget. There is a video of the photographers talking about the experience of taking the photo.....very enlightening, and, in some situations, these artists risked their lives for the shot. The Berlin Wall is interesting....the largest section outside of Berlin, marked up with graffiti on the West German side, and nothing on the East German side. If you are a pet lover, don’t miss American presidents and their pets, a playful look at dogs who resided at the White House. There is an absolutely hysterical photo of LBJ howling with his beagle, with his grandson looking on. Make it up to the level six for a terrific view of Pennsylvania Avenue. The museum building has been sold to Johns Hopkins, so stayed tuned as to where they move.
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Fhcvdmom
Washington DC, District of Columbia
"Good museum!"
TripAdvisor user rating 4 out of 5
Reviewed February 16, 2019 NEW
My family really liked this museum. Lots to do and see. Lots to be educated on! The top floor was not complete and the flow a little odd to me, but I would highly recommend. Staff was great and plentiful! Nice that there was a coat check. Only downside was that this is not one of the free museums in DC. Cost about 85 for 5 of us.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Newseum

Where is the museum located?
The Newseum is located at 555 Pennsylvania Ave.., N.W., Washington, DC, 20001.

What are the hours of operation?
The museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm and Sunday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Closed New Year’s Day, Inauguration Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. Hours are subject to change.

Is this museum appropriate for all ages?
Yes. In addition, children under the age of 6 can enter the museum for free.

How long does it take to tour the museum?
Touring the Newseum takes approximately 2 to 3 hours, depending on your group and your particular interests.

Is there an orientation film?
Yes. We recommend that all groups begin their tour with a four-minute orientation film that explains the Newseum’s numerous exhibits, galleries, and programs.

Where is the closest Metro rail stop?
The Archives/Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter station on the Green and Yellow Lines is approximately two blocks away. The Gallery Place and Judiciary Square stations on the Red Line are approximately four and two blocks away, respectively.

Are wheelchairs available?
Yes. A limited number of wheelchairs, scooters and walking aids are available on a first come, first-served basis.

Can I take pictures while at the museum?
Flash photography is allowed in most areas of the Newseum, except where it is expressly prohibited. Please consult with staff and signage for details.

Does the museum have a place to eat or purchase food?
Yes. The Food Section, located on the Concourse Level, offers a full selection of hot and cold entrée options. The restaurant seats approximately 150. Since food and drinks are not allowed inside the exhibit areas, no outside food or bag lunches are allowed.

Does the museum have a gift shop?
Yes.

What parking options are available at the museum?
The Newseum offers safe and affordable parking inside our building at 555 Pennsylvania Ave. The garage is open 7:00 am – 11:00 pm, Mon. – Sat. and 9:00 am – 11:00 pm on Sun. Rates are $10 for the first hour and $20 for over one hour, up to a full day. All day on weekends there will be a flat rate of $15. Entrance to the Newseum parking garage is on C Street.